Barack Obama’s outlined some of his proposals to boost America’s beleaguered economy.
The US president used a Labor Day rally in Detroit to set the tone for his address to Congress on Thursday.
His speech has taken on new urgency after Friday’s Labor Department report, which showed zero U.S. employment growth in August and the jobless rate stuck at 9.1 percent.
“We’re going to see if congressional Republicans can put country before party,” Obama told a campaign-style gathering of about 13,000 in a General Motors parking lot. “Show us what you got. The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now.”
Obama also said he would also push Congress to extend soon-to-expire payroll tax cuts to spur hiring and put more money in Americans’ pockets.
Congressional Republicans have been lukewarm on the idea, with some saying the White House should focus on measures such as broad tax reform that would have a more lasting impact on the economy.